The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has installed a set of special vending machines, all across the world people are planning service projects and creating posts all to share a bit of light with the world. For the past few years The Church has developed different promotional videos to share with the public... Continue Reading →
As a convert who has a very modest income, I am used to the public questioning my decision to tithe and give an honest Fast Offering each and every month. These last few months not only have my decisions to pay an honest tithe been questioned much louder and with much more confrontation, but the... Continue Reading →
Church members can often point to a singular experience when they “knew” it was true...I never had that experience. I’ve actually had thousands of them.
Personal Revelation has been an integral part of my conversion to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since the beginning. Having indefinite "feelings" about things in my and my children's lives is not new for me...or for them. Knowing where those feelings come from, is. Since my pre-Baptism lessons four and a half... Continue Reading →
How does one say "thank you" for a life that has been turned around? How does one say it for all the "things" in life that have come about and all the more that have changed for the best. More, how does one show gratitude felt towards their fellow person for all their help? I... Continue Reading →
when the day of my second anniversary of holding my Temple Recommend coincided with the date of my graduation, I felt a subtle "nod" from my Heavenly Father
These last few days, I began to retrace my steps. It has been two weeks since I had reached my destination. On the Sunday after I had reached New Hampshire, "The Car that Ran on Prayers", stopped. It stopped starting. I had a bad feeling about what seemed to be a "minor" fuel-flow issue. The... Continue Reading →
As I set about writing my personal history, this blog post from 3 years ago came into mind, “Either way, I don’t believe you can write a history about someone without trying to emulate the forgiveness of Christ. To attempt to understand that your ancestor or whomever you are writing about, is a Child of God, first and foremost, with challenges like all of us.”
What is the right way to write one’s life?
What is the proper way to remember another person’s life?
With what filters do we present our lives and those of whom we’ve shared; to our descendants?
Is it proper to filter out the times when children of God entertained demons of pride, vanity, ambition, depression, doubt & fear; resulting in addictions and abuse?
Is it proper to “white wash” a personal history?
Does it negate or minimize the triumphs of the abused and oppressed??
How do we maintain an Eternal Perspective when writing our personal and family histories?
I began pondering these questions and more in regards to writing family histories a while ago. When Family Search implemented their “stories & Life Sketch” portion of Family Tree; it was a topic that rarely left my conscious thinking.
As I have alluded to in previous blog posts
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January 8th was my last Sunday in Washington State before I embarked on a journey that would take me completely across the United States. That Sunday I spent with the Manchester Ward in the Bremerton, Washington Stake. It was the area where I was staying with a friend. Those friends were gracious enough to give... Continue Reading →